7 On Your Side, Consumer Reports reveal how your car can reach 200K miles

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Did you know it takes the average motorist about 15 years to reach 200,000 miles on their car? But big improvements in technology, rust prevention, and lubricants mean you can drive your car even more farther. (KGO-TV)

Did you know it takes the average motorist about 15 years to reach 200,000 miles on their car? But big improvements in technology, rust prevention, and lubricants mean you can drive your car even more miles. In a partnership with Consumer Reports, Seven on Your Side's Michael Finney reveals how you can actually save $30,000 or more while you're at it.

If you think you can't make your car last more than 200,000 miles, think again.

The secret? Staying on top of maintenance! Never ignore service indicators in newer cars. And for older cars, always read the maintenance schedule listed in the owner's manual.

"Following the schedule is key to getting your car to 200,000 miles. Don't delay routine oil and filter changes, belt replacements, or tire rotations," said Jon Linkov, Consumer Reports Auto Editor.

But how often you service your car, can vary depending on climate and other factors.

If you live where weather is extreme, near the ocean, or drive in dusty conditions, shorter service intervals may be necessary.

"That might mean, for example, changing your oil more regularly. Sometimes twice as often, but in the long run it's worth it," Linkov notes.

And don't cheap out. The wrong oil or transmission fluid could wreak havoc on your car. Or even void your warranty.

Buy genuine parts like belts and hoses from name-brand suppliers. And tackle rust early.

Remember, if anything smells, looks, or sounds off, it probably is.

Also, beware of shops who want to service the car more, than what the manual or service indicator tells you. Or it could cost you hundreds of dollars.

With a little elbow grease and a mechanic you trust, you could be driving your car for a very long time.

If you're in the market to buy a car for the long haul, make sure you look for a car with a good track record. Check out resources which rate reliability, like the Consumer Reports Car Marketplace.

Written and produced by Justin Mendoza

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